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Margaret Jane Hilliard


1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Margaret Jane Hilliard Obituary
MARGARET JANE HILLIARD was born on March 14, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was the youngest child of four born to Mary Effie and Shoenfleld Dyer. Since childhood, Margaret was affectionately called Tunnie by her family and friends. Tunnie was the sister of Annabelle Dyer, Willa Mae Dyer Holt, and Charles M.Dyer, all of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband Egbert Pusey and William L. Hilliard, to whom she was married for 44 years and had one son, Peter. As a young adult, Tunnie converted to Catholicism. She was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Indianapolis. When she and her late husband, William relocated to Pasadena, she joined and became an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Altadena. Tunnie attended Indianapolis public schools and she was a proud graduate from the historic Crispus Attucks High School, class of 1945. She attended Indiana University extension in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana Vocational Nursing School in 1960. Marriage and family had altered her original career goal to become an US Army nurse. Tunnie worked professionally at Marion County (Indiana) Public Health and private duty nursing. She retired as a school nurse from the Pasadena Unified School District. After her retirement, she became involved in volunteer activities and received numerous certificates of appreciation and awards. Tunnie was very sociable and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling and being a community activist. She served on the Board at the Altadena Senior Citizens Center. In 2006, Tunnie relocated to Riverside to be closer to her son. Tunnie is survived by her son, Dr. Peter L. Hilliard (Rev. Dr. Ann), Moreno Valley, CA; grandsons, Dr. Virgil A. Hilliard (Angela), El Cajon, CA; Aaron C. Hilliard, Sacramento, CA and great-grandchildren, Lena and Grant Hilliard; cousins Attorney E.R. DeMoica, Pasadena, CA, Mollie Miodovski, Monrovia,CA, Reginald Graham, Indianapolis, IN, Attorney Beverly Stuart, Encino, CA, and lifelong friends, Vera Robertson and Barbara Sanders, both of Indianapolis. Tunnie also leaves a host of relatives in the state of Tennessee. Viewing: Sunday, 5/24/15, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Tillman Riverside Mortuary, 1874 10th St., Riverside, CA 92507. Funeral Service: Tuesday, 5/26/15 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4268 Lime St., Riverside, CA with viewing from 9:00-10:00 a.m.; Rosary at 10:00 a.m. and Mass at 10:30 a.m. Repass will immediately follow the Mass at the home of Peter Hilliard, 10546 Summer Breeze Dr., Moreno Valley, CA 92557. 951-242-2709.


Published in Press-Enterprise on May 21, 2015
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